The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) on Monday raided companies with Tax liabilities in Port Harcourt, Lagos and Ibadan.
The team in Port Harcourt, Rivers state led by Ruth Madeun, shut down Lafarge Cement Limited which owes N10m and IGPES which owes N1.3billion.
These sums were said to be taxes owed from four years ago.
Mandeun explained that while IGPES stopped tax remittance between 2011 and 2015, Lafarge stopped in 2012. She warned that the FIRS would prosecute anybody who unseals the company premises if the tax liabilities are not settled.
“Breaking off our seals is a criminal offense and anybody involved in such an act will be prosecuted,” she warned.
In Lagos, the FIRS enforcement team, led by Chinazor Edeh, shut down the premises of Dori Construction and Engineering Nigeria Limited at 901, Balarabe Musa Crescent, Victoria Island, over tax liabilities of N253m. Two company officials said they were not aware that the company had such a huge tax debt.
Earlier, the team had sealed off the office of Global Energy Nigeria Limited, located at 182b, Kofo Abayomi Street, Victoria Island. The company has tax liabilities totaling N13m, accumulated between 2010 and 2013. The company’s managing director blamed the firm’s failure to pay on the current inclement economic conditions.
But Edeh told him that Global Energy provided a payment plan, agreed to by the FIRS, which the company has failed to implement he, therefore, ordered its premises shut at 11am.
The team then moved to Bono Energy at 19, Amodu Tijani Close, Victoria Island, where a male company official pleaded for time to pay a tax debt of N13m. But the plea was rejected and the company shut down.
The FIRS team in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo state, shut down the premises of the Lebanese-owned Karmadex Nigeria Limited, a livestock company. Efforts by the management staff to ask for more time to enable it to pay the N12.3m it owes were futile, as the company was shut down.